Russian Federation to amend law to classify United States media 'foreign agents'

Violet Powell
November 11, 2017

"What the USA authorities are doing today is an infringement of the fundamental rights of citizens and freedom of speech", Vyacheslav Volodin said in a statement, reacting to Washington's demand that Russian State-funded TV station RT, also known as Russia Today, register in the United States as a foreign agent.

"It contradicts both the democracy and freedom of speech principles. Between those consequences and registering as a foreign agent, we are forced to choose registration".

The Kremlin-funded channel denies assertions by USA intelligence agencies that it acted as a propaganda arm of the Russian government in efforts to influence last year's presidential election.

On Thursday, RT Managing Director Alexey Nikolov said at a meeting of the Provisional Commission of Russia's Federation Council (upper house of parliament) on Information Policy and Media Interaction that he had not registered as a foreign agent in the United States within the period of time set by the USA authorities.

Pyotr Tolstoy, a deputy speaker of the State Duma, suggested that one possibility is that media outlets affected by the new law could be required to include a statement identifying themselves as foreign agents on their social media pages. Such a registration would require any reporting to be labeled as being financed or influenced by the Russian government, among other restrictions. "Our lawyers say that if we don't register as a foreign agent, the director of our company in America could be arrested, and the accounts of the company could be seized".

The measures could include sanctions on USA mass media "beginning with labelling their production as foreign agents and ending with suspension or termination of their activities".

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In a statement posted to its Facebook account Thursday night, the Russian Embassy in the United States said the Justice Department's decision "created a risky precedent".

A Justice Department spokesman declined to comment to The Post on Thursday.

Russia's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova also said on Thursday Russia was considering hitting the USA for the deadline.

The U.S. intelligence agencies allege that RT served as a tool for the Kremlin to meddle in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. It's been revealed that Russian agents used U.S-based social media platforms to spread false information created to help boost Donald Trump's candidacy, and several people involved in President Trump's campaign are being investigated by the Justice Department over possible collusion with Russia.

RT has become a focus of the United States investigations into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

In the past, the ministry also has mentioned CNN, which does not receive US government funds, but is a frequent target of criticism by the Russian government for what it says is anti-Russian bias in its reporting.

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